Mobile internet services in several districts in Assam will be suspended for four hours for the second time this month on Sunday for holding a free and fair written exam for grade III positions in various government departments.
Restraining orders under Section 144 of the CrPC have also been issued near exam centers to further strengthen security measures. Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma reviewed preparations on Saturday.
Mobile internet services had been suspended on August 21 in 25 districts across the state when the written exam for Grade IV positions was held in two shifts of two hours each to ensure applicants did not engage to cheating via electronic devices.
The final phase of this recruitment drive will be held for a limited number of Grade IV positions on September 11 and no suspension of mobile internet service on that day has been announced to date.
A written petition has been filed in the Gauhati High Court against the suspension of mobile internet service for the exams. The court refused Friday to stay the government order.
Section 144 of the CrPC was blocked near the exam centers every exam day.
According to an official order, the gathering of people within 100 meters of each examination center other than candidates, scribes and officials hired for conduct and supervision has been prohibited. Sarma chaired a meeting of senior government officials via video conference to take stock of preparations. He asked them to ensure that no one resorted to unfair means during the examination, an official statement said.
He asked relevant officials to take the necessary steps to ensure that Sunday’s exam is run in the same way as the test for Grade IV posts last week.
The Chief Minister instructed the officials to ensure that the traffic in their respective districts is under control and does not cause any difficulty for candidates to reach their examination centers on time.
Director General of Police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, Principal Secretary (Interior and Political) Niraj Verma and other officials briefed him on the steps being taken to ensure the smooth running of the review.
Sarma said if vacancies in government are filled by people chosen entirely on merit, it will lead to an environment of efficiency in the machinery of government. In the long term, this will prove crucial in transforming Assam into one of the most developed and progressive states in the country, he added.
More than 14.30 lakh candidates are expected to apply for almost 30,000 grade III and IV positions scheduled for the three dates. All examinations are conducted by the Secondary Education Board, Assam (SEBA).
Restraining orders under Section 144 of the CrPC have also been imposed within a 100 meter radius of the SEBA office in Guwahati until receipt, filing and review of response scripts is complete. completed, Guwahati police said in a separate order.
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